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Stories from Saturday, October 25, 2003

Jackson boy who almost drowned returns home (10/25/03)
Andrew Tyler, an 11-year-old Jackson boy who nearly drowned in the city pool on June 6, is recovering at his home after a four-month stay in Cardinal Glennon Hospital in St. Louis, a friend of the Tyler family told the Southeast Missourian Friday afternoon...
Fruitland home destroyed by fire that started in garage (10/25/03)
A Fruitland family's home was destroyed by fire Friday evening. Traffic was blocked and onlookers were kept some distance away as firefighters fought the blaze and examined the structure. Chief Shane Johnston of the Fruitland Fire Protection District said the blaze appeared to have started in the garage at 181 Kyle Drive...
Kitchen fire burns Cape house (10/25/03)
Martha Clark, who lived upstairs at her mother's house at 230 S. Middle St. in Cape Girardeau, may have returned home just in time to save it. She said she saw smoke billowing from the windows as she pulled her car in front of the house. She immediately bolted inside but couldn't go much farther than the threshold because the smoke was too thick...
Cape artist wins Otto Dingeldein Award (10/25/03)
Craig Thomas is this year's winner of the Otto Dingeldein Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts. The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri bestowed the honor on him Friday evening during the intermission of a performance of "A Midsummer Night's Dream."...
Preschool for special education faces cuts (10/25/03)
Budget shortfalls are forcing the state to consider dropping early childhood special education for children with mild or moderate speech disorders and some developmental delays. Missouri's cost of providing early childhood special education has nearly doubled in the last five years to $99 million. About 10,000 children ages 3 to 5 received the services last school year -- up from about 7,000 five years earlier...
Cape leaders tout positives despite money woes (10/25/03)
The Cape Girardeau School District needs money and is making cuts. Southeast Missouri State University needs money and is making cuts. But all in all, the community is going to be just fine. That was the consensus of the schools superintendent, university president and mayor who, along with a hospital administrator, made presentations Friday to alumni of the chamber of commerce's Leadership Cape training program for the city's professionals...
Region digest 10/25/03 (10/25/03)
Judge reviewing school's lawsuit against buyer Litigation over a contract between a Jefferson City developer and the school district remains in court as the judge reviews both sides' arguments. Ray Bax of RMB Inc.'s Bax Construction had offered to buy the Louis J. ...
Country acts display rock 'n' roll energy (10/25/03)
If Emerson Drive and Montgomery Gentry represent the sound of country music's up- and-coming artists, then soon the genre might be indistinguishable from pop and rock. And if Friday night's concert by the two country acts at the Show Me Center is any indication, then the fans are going to love it...
New church defines existence one week at a time in Jackson (10/25/03)
It's a little odd for a pastor not to have an office, but things are still a little out of the ordinary for Dr. Brian Anderson. Meetings are conducted over a cup of coffee at the Hardee's restaurant. He also works at home, writing sermons and articles for the church's Web site...
A smaller Baptist congregation takes strength in tradition (10/25/03)
There are some things that remain the same at First Baptist Church in Jackson: The choir still sings, offerings still get collected and a pastor still preaches the Sunday sermon. What's changed is that this Southern Baptist congregation isn't headed by the same pastor as it was a month ago. And its membership roster is shorter...
Turning one church into two (10/25/03)
NAM Y. HUH * Associated Press Don and Susan Silver, along with their 12-year-old son Charlie, posed with "tools of the trade" in their Los Angeles home Oct. 16. The Silvers work out of their home as time-management consultants. Don Silver, 54, gave up his law practice in Los Angeles four years ago to become an author and freelance financial writer. ...
Religion calendar 10/25 (10/25/03)
Today Ronny Hinson, a member of the Original Hinsons group, will perform in concert at 5 p.m. at Cornerstone Church in Cape Girardeau. An offering will be collected. For information, phone the church at 335-4456. Reformation festival service at 6 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau. Guest speaker is the Rev. Kevin Popp, who was previously a member of the congregation. Guest organist will be Joyce Macke, a former member of the church...
Two cattle brokers plead guilty to $160 million fraud (10/25/03)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Two Missouri cattle brokers pleaded guilty Friday to five federal charges for bilking more than $160 million from investors. George Young, 72, of Grant City, and Kathleen McConnell, 54, of Kansas City, entered guilty pleas in U.S. District Court to two counts of felony wire fraud, one count of mail fraud, one of false representation and one of criminal forfeiture...
Search continues for prison escapees (10/25/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Two convicted murderers missing from a state prison carefully planned their disappearance -- stocking up on food and clearing out their cells before killing a fellow inmate and fleeing, law officers said Friday. The missing items provided the most concrete evidence yet that inmates Christopher Sims and Shannon Phillips killed fellow convicted murder Toby Viles Wednesday evening as part of an elaborate plan that authorities are still trying to piece together...
Senate OKs additional $1 billion to overhaul nation's election (10/25/03)
WASHINGTON -- Intent on avoiding a repeat of the 2000 presidential election debacle, the Senate has added $1 billion to the president's request for funds to carry out improvements in the national voting system. "In a time when we are committing billions of dollars in federal resources to build democracies around the world, we simply cannot afford to shortchange our own," said Sen. ...
More women choose childless lifestyles (10/25/03)
WASHINGTON -- Anne Hare and her husband made a momentous decision three years ago: They would not have children. It's not that they don't like kids, she says. They simply don't want to alter the lifestyle they enjoy. "With kids, especially young kids, infants and toddlers, you really can't do the active stuff we like to do," said Hare, 43, a fitness program coordinator from Gainesville, Ga...
Wal-Mart plans review of workers following federal immigration (10/25/03)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Friday it will review all of its workers and fire any who are illegally employed, following a federal immigration sweep that resulted in the arrests of 245 employees. Investigators told The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity that they gathered recordings from wiretaps that indicate Wal-Mart executives knew the company's subcontractors used illegal workers...
Floating pumpkins spook flooded Washington town (10/25/03)
TAHUYA, Wash. -- Seems like Mother Nature is offering an early Halloween display in western Washington. This week's high floodwater had more than a few people spooked when pumpkins started floating by. Maybe it was because the flooding came earlier this season -- before Halloween -- along rivers that run through some of the state's best farmland. But pumpkins bobbing and bumping down the swollen rivers were a common sight after the floodwaters washed past the patches...
Thousands evacuated as wind whips California fire (10/25/03)
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. -- With ash and smoke turning day into night, a wind-driven wildfire closed in on several Southern California communities Friday, destroying four houses and forcing firefighters to make their stand in back yards. Thousands of people were evacuated and two major freeways were closed...
Solar storm hits Earth but no major problems (10/25/03)
DENVER -- A geomagnetic storm spawned by a giant eruption of gas on the sun reached the Earth's upper atmosphere on Friday, interfering with high-frequency airline communications but causing no major problems, federal officials said. The storm was expected to be most severe Friday, although experts said it would last for up to two weeks...
Mistrial declared in case of former banker (10/25/03)
NEW YORK -- A federal judge declared a mistrial Friday in the obstruction-of-justice trial of Frank Quattrone, one of the nation's leading technology bankers during the Internet stock craze. The decision by U.S. District Judge Richard Owen came after jurors reported they were deadlocked on all three charges against the former financial star -- two counts of obstruction and one count of witness tampering. Friday was the sixth day of jury deliberations...
Farewell to era of supersonic passenger travel as final Concord (10/25/03)
LONDON -- The Concorde bowed out Friday with a spectacular triple-landing finale, closing an era of supersonic passenger travel and leaving the skies to the slower, cheaper jets that proved to be the future of air travel. Three supersonic planes glided into Heathrow Airport within minutes of one another, a majestic send-off for an aircraft that was a technological marvel but an expensive commercial dud...
Donations to rebuild Iraq fall short of $56 billion goal (10/25/03)
MADRID, Spain -- Iraq's postwar reconstruction received a boost Friday as nations from Japan to Saudi Arabia pledged $13 billion in new aid on top of more than $20 billion from the United States. But the figure fell well short of the estimated $56 billion needed to rebuild the country, and much came in the form of loans that could saddle Iraq with new debts...
Israel publishes map of fence that would cut off 70,000 Palesti (10/25/03)
JERUSALEM -- For the first time, Israel published a detailed map Friday of its planned security barrier, which would encircle tens of thousands of Palestinians, cutting them off from the rest of the West Bank, while keeping about 80 percent of Jewish settlers on the Israeli side of the fence...
Leftover ammunition litters Iraq (10/25/03)
AL-MUKASIB, Iraq -- Jutting up from the middle of a vegetable field, the burned out missile is a conspicuous reminder to farmer Abbas Ali that the danger is not over six months after the end of the Iraq war. The U.S.-led coalition's disposal of munitions -- which has progressed to a rate of about 100 tons a day -- is not fast enough for Ali, 25, who has seen neighbors lose an eye or a leg and even their lives to the deadly leftovers that remain in their homes, yards and fields...
Two soldiers die in mortar attack, third killed in battle in Mo (10/25/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A mortar attack killed two American soldiers and wounded four others Friday at an outpost north of Baghdad, and a third American died in a gunbattle in the northern city of Mosul, the U.S. military said. The mortar attack occurred about noon at a 4th Infantry Division forward operating base near Samara, 70 miles north of Baghdad, the U.S. Central Command said...
China's first astronaut to appear in Hong Kong next week (10/25/03)
BEIJING -- China's first man in space is finally going to appear in public -- not on the Chinese mainland but in Hong Kong. Yang Liwei will spend four days in Hong Kong starting next Friday, according to the territory's leader, Tung Chee-hwa. The appearance, the first one publicly announced for Yang, seems aimed at boosting the former British colony's tepid sense of Chinese nationalism...
Taiwan's Madame Chiang Kai-shek dies at age 105 (10/25/03)
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Madame Chiang Kai-shek, the glamorous, U.S.-educated "eternal first lady" of Taiwan, has died at her New York City home. She was 105. After battling cancer and other illnesses for years, she caught a cold Wednesday and died the next day, a relative told reporters Friday in Taipei...
Al-Qaida plotted to destroy U.S. Embassy, Kenyans say (10/25/03)
NAIROBI, Kenya -- Al-Qaida operatives planned to destroy the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi in June with a truck bomb and a hijacked plane loaded with explosives, a plot described in a Kenya police report seen by The Associated Press on Friday. The report, based on an interrogation of a terror suspect, could explain why the U.S. Embassy was closed June 20-24 and why Kenyan officials banned flights from June 20-July 8 to and from Somalia, a lawless neighbor and suspected haven for terrorists...
General strike hits Italy as part of protest (10/25/03)
ROME -- Post offices and schools were closed, flights were canceled, buses and trains were idled in Italy Friday as millions of workers stayed home to protest government plans to reform the pension system. The general strike was called by Italy's three largest and most powerful unions, which also organized some 100 demonstrations in piazzas across the country. Big festive crowds gathered in Rome, Bologna and Naples, where rallies were headed by union leaders and center-left politicians...
Jackson pulls off stunner with late explosion (10/25/03)
ST. LOUIS -- With less than seven minutes remaining in Jackson's opening Class 5, District 1 game Friday night at Parkway Central the Indians found themselves down by 22 points. It merely set the stage for a miraculous comeback as running back Jason Meystedt and quarterback Marc Lumsden brought Jackson's offense to life, leading the Indians to a 34-28 victory over a stunned Parkway Central squad...
Red Devils encounter district loss on the road (10/25/03)
The Chaffee Red Devils dropped their Class 1, District 1 football opener in Ste. Genevieve on Friday with a 55-7 loss to Valle. Valle (5-3) led 42-0 after one quarter and 49-0 at halftime. Chaffee's only score came on a 10-yard scramble from quarterback Jeff Daugherty in the fourth quarter...
SEMO roundup 10/25/03 (10/25/03)
When Southeast Missouri State University and Eastern Illinois square off in women's soccer, down-to-the-wire games are generally the rule. But the exception took place Friday night -- a 3-0 EIU romp that officially ended Southeast's hopes of a third straight Ohio Valley Conference regular-season championship...
Southeast Hall of Fame inductees (10/25/03)
The Southeast Missouri State University Athletic Hall of Fame will induct its second class today with a 1 p.m. ceremony at the Show Me Center. The inductees will also be recognized at halftime of tonight's football game with Murray State at Houck Stadium. Twelve individuals and three teams will make up the 2003 class...
Raiders bring big offensive show to Faurot (10/25/03)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- For Missouri coach Gary Pinkel, the Texas Tech game plan is simple. "They get the ball and they just score, score, score," said Pinkel, whose Tigers (5-2, 1-2 Big 12) host the Red Raiders (5-2, 2-1) today in their homecoming game at Faurot Field...
Indians find Racers in the pits (10/25/03)
When the schedule came out before the season, tonight's game between Murray State and Southeast Missouri State University looked like a possible showdown for the Ohio Valley Conference championship. But a lot of things have changed since then regarding the fortunes of the OVC's top two preseason favorites...
NCAA puts TSU men's program on probation (10/25/03)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee State was placed on three years' probation Friday by the NCAA for rules violations under former men's basketball coach Nolan Richardson III. TSU, which competes with Southeast Missouri State University in the Ohio Valley Conference, was cited for violating rules regarding tryouts, out-of-season practices, recruiting inducements, coaching staff limitations and ethical conduct...
Florida cranks up heat (10/25/03)
NEW YORK -- Mindful of the New York Yankees' knack for coming back, Jack McKeon wants to finish them off tonight in Game 6 of the World Series. And he'll try to do it with his ace -- Josh Beckett. The Florida Marlins right-hander will start on three days' rest for the first time in his short career, which makes the move a gamble. ...
Tiger ties Nelson's streak with 113th cut (10/25/03)
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Tiger Woods matched the 55-year-old standard set by Byron Nelson on Friday by making the cut in his 113th consecutive PGA Tour event, posting a second-round 5-under 67 at the Funai Classic at Disney to easily qualify for the weekend and leave himself four shots behind leader Vijay Singh...
Blues make most of road trip with a win (10/25/03)
CALGARY, Alberta -- Jeff Heerema scored 46 seconds into the third period and the St. Louis Blues hung on for a 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames on Friday night. Doug Weight also scored for St. Louis, which is 4-2-0-1 after playing six of its first seven games on the road...
Saturday FanFare 10/25/03 (10/25/03)
Briefly Baseball
  • Bobby Valentine is reportedly close to signing a deal to manage the Chiba Lotte Marines, the Japanese Pacific League team he led in 1995. Basketball
  • Pat Riley resigned as coach of the Miami Heat less than a week before the start of the NBA season, opting Friday to try to rebuild the team from the front office only...
  • Elsie Koch (10/25/03)
    Elsie Frieda Martha Koch, 89, of New Wells died Friday, Oct. 24, 2003, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Friends may call at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Wells. Burial will be in the church cemetery...
    Juanita Huber (10/25/03)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Juanita L. Huber, 85, of Perryville died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2003, at Perry County Nursing Home. She was born Sept. 7, 1918, in Franklin County, Mo., daughter of Sydney Martin and Mary Rose Speidel Bardot. She and Clyde F. Huber were married Sept. 2, 1950, in St. Louis. He died April 15, 1979...
    Gertrude O'Hara (10/25/03)
    Gertrude O'Hara, 97, of Cape Girardeau died peacefully Thursday, Oct. 23, 2003, at Chateau Girardeau Health Center. She was born Feb. 12, 1906, in Wickliffe, Ky., daughter of Marshall Henry and Lillie Virginia Riley Rollins. She and Michael Leo O'Hara were married Feb. 25, 1936, in St. Charles, Mo. He died April 1, 1954...
    Wayne Bigham (10/25/03)
    OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- Wayne Bigham, 59, of Olive Branch died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2003, at his home. He was born Aug. 30, 1944, in Cairo, Ill., son of Lawrence Henry and Orpha Lesar Bigham Sr. He married Sue Pearson. Bigham was a carpenter. Survivors include his wife; three sons, Dennis, Kevin and Brian Bigham of Olive Branch; two stepdaughters, Vicky Hubbard and Mary Dock of Ozark, Mo.; six sisters, Clara Wilson of Roxana, Ill., Beulah Morgan of Olive Branch, Billie Hayden and Helen Bigham of Cape Girardeau, Phyllis Stevenson of Barlow, Ky., Barbara Shipman of Arcadia, Mo.; three brothers, Johnny and Clarence Bigham of Olive Branch, Bobby Bigham of Tamms, Ill.; and two grandsons.. ...
    Louis Picou (10/25/03)
    Louis I. Picou, 88, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center. He was born May 25, 1915, in Berwick, La., son of Louis J. and Edna R. Lodriguez Picou. He and Drucille L. Hinton were married Oct. 14, 1941, in Cape Girardeau...
    Births 10/25/03 (10/25/03)
    Duffield Daughter to Paul Joseph "Joey" and Sara Elizabeth Duffield of Benton, Mo., St. Francis Medical Center, 5:43 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, 2003. Name, Annabelle Elizabeth. Weight, 3 pounds 9 ounces. Mrs. Duffield is the former Sara Lambert, daughter of Dennis Lambert and Jane Lambert of Benton. She is employed by Advance R-4 School District. Duffield is the son of Paul Duffield of Benton, and the late Anna Belle Duffield. He is employed by SBC and is a self-employed farmer...
    Fire report 10/25/03 (10/25/03)
    Cape Girardeau Saturday, Oct. 25 Firefighters responded Thursday to the following items: At 5 p.m., alarm at 1050 Greek Drive. At 6:12 p.m., alarm at 3714 Hopper Road. At 6:48 p.m., alarm at 630 North St. At 8:12 p.m., alarm at 611 S. West End Blvd...
    Sheriff's report 10/25/03 (10/25/03)
    Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department Saturday, Oct. 25 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs Jamey C. Myer, 20, of Jackson was arrested Monday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated...
    Police report 10/25/03 (10/25/03)
    Cape Girardeau Saturday, Oct. 25 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Tonya D. Dent, 28, of 101 Elmwood, Cairo, Ill., was arrested Thursday on suspicion of forgery. Christopher J. Hager, 18, of 621 S. Ellis, No. 3, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of sexual assault and unlawful use of a weapon...
    Out of the past 10/25/03 (10/25/03)
    10 years ago: Oct. 25, 1993 If final tests of system go as expected, resident of Cape Girardeau County will likely have 911 emergency telephone service in place next week; on Nov. 5, 1991, voters in county approved surcharge on their telephone bills to pay for 911 system...
    Stick to math that works (10/25/03)
    By Raj Marasini I agree with Avelina (Belen) Lichtenegger's reaction regarding the newer new math at Jackson schools. I read with great interest Callie Clark's Oct. 17 article that outlines an alternative way of multiplying. It confuses me why a school system would spend a lot of money to implement a program that seems experimental. At first glance, I would say Jackson schools should have looked into this program closer before setting aside a hefty budget...
    Holden is right (10/25/03)
    Sikeston Standard Democrat The administration of Gov. Bob Holden is absolutely correct in its interpretation governing the ability of the governor to withhold education funding in the wake of a budget crisis. That's exactly what Holden did when he withheld $190 million from the education budget in Missouri this year to help balance the books of state government...
    Charter school keeps students in classrooms (10/25/03)
    The Lift for Life Academy in St. Louis is one example of why Missouri parents have been demanding charter schools. A 1998 state law authorized charter schools only in St. Louis and Kansas City, the Missouri school districts dealing with the most problems in public education. ...
    'Out of the Past' keeps former resident in touch (10/25/03)
    To the editor: I am delighted to see the "Out of the Past" column return to the Missourian Web site. I lived and attended school in Cape Girardeau from 1946 until 1962. The column covers many events that I recall. It seems likely that hundreds or thousands of other former Cape residents may feel the same way. The column is unique, and the staff of the Missourian can be proud of it. Keep up the good work...
    Extremists use Constitution to favor, oppose (10/25/03)
    To the editor: Congress has passed and President Bush says he will sign federal legislation banning the most barbaric procedure known to medicine: partial-birth abortion. Predictably, the extreme left-wing fanatics are predicting the end of civilization as we know it, along with decent health care for women...
    Abuse counseling is available at Safe House (10/25/03)
    To the editor: "Silent Witnesses," a display at the mall and at Southeast Missouri State University's University Center, is a powerful reminder that domestic violence kills right here in Missouri. At the Safe House for Women, we never lose sight of this fact. We accept its harsh realities, perhaps made more conscious during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. With open hearts, we refuse passive acceptance of its evils...
    Speak Out 10/25/03 (10/25/03)
    Armchair critics SOLDIERS IN Vietnam were under traumatic stress conditions, not knowing who the enemy was because many civilians were aiding the enemy. So now we have these harsh armchair critics who were never exposed to that trauma who are eager to blame our troops. Those troops were fighting to survive and following orders...
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